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Friday, November 4 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Drawing Comparisons: Analyzing Art & Architecture Print and E-book Usage

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Recent studies have shown that despite possible preconceptions, e-books in art and architecture subject areas are actually quite well used. By collaborating across four SCELC-affiliated Southern California institutions (Claremont Colleges Library, Loyola Marymount University, Pepperdine University, and the University of Southern California), we engaged in extensive usage analyses to understand more about what might motivate art and architecture researchers to seek out e-books, and compare that usage to print books.

Our study addressed the following questions:
1. Does usage reveal a user preference between electronic and print format for art & architecture?
2. Is usage by publisher consistent across print and electronic formats?
3. Do art & architecture e-book usage patterns at our individual institutions align with Michael Levine-Clark's broad findings on usage in his 2014 study?
4. Is it possible to generalize trends in e-book usage in art & architecture?

Our poster will cover: methods for collaborating on data collection and analysis; challenges in identifying and working with consistent usage data; findings on print and electronic book usage in art & architecture subjects to support potential directions in collection development.


Madelynn Dickerson

Information Resources Coordinator, Claremont Colleges Library
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Jamie Hazlitt

Associate Dean, William H. Hannon Library
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Caroline Muglia

Co-Associate Dean for Collections, University of Southern California
Caroline Muglia is the Co-Associate Dean for Collections at University of Southern California (USC). In this capacity, she also manages collection assessment and resource sharing initiatives at the Libraries.

Friday November 4, 2016 6:00pm - 6:45pm EDT
Grand Cypress Ballroom, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401